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Basquiat was a prolific painter who rose to stardom in the 1980’s, out of the New York graffiti and downtown music scenes. He created over a thousand artworks before his death at the age of 27 in 1988. His often colorful works incorporated symbols, text, portraiture and images from popular culture. He once claimed to have used words, “like brush strokes.” Artnet describes Basquiat as “one of the first African-American artists to reach international stature and wealth in the art world.”
Sarah Paige, of the Libraries’ Information and Instruction Department, has created a research guide with tips about how to find resources about Basquiat, in the Libraries and beyond. From there you can locate books, movies, websites, and music about Basquiat and his contemporaries.